According to Belgian publication Het Nieuwsblad (via Sport Witness), Liverpool have reignited their interest in Anderlecht starlet Jeremy Doku.
The Reds have had another fairly quiet transfer window, with Olympiacos full-back Kostas Tsimikas the only notable arrival at Anfield thus far.
Now, Het Nieuwsblad claim that Jurgen Klopp’s side are said to reignite their interest in long-term target Doku, whose parents revealed earlier this year that the Merseyside club were interested in signing him before he made his first-team debut for Anderlecht back in 2018.
The report claims that Liverpool are keen to sign him up before sending him back on loan to Anderlecht for the season, and that given the financial situation at the Belgian side, he could be available for a move.
Despite only being 18-years-old, Doku is already racking up considerable first-team experience at Anderlecht, with 34 senior appearances to his name already.
Last season saw him net three times and provide a further three assists in 21 league games, and when you look at what Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne said about him following his full senior debut for Belgium, it’s easy to see how highly-rated he is.
De Bruyne said: “He is nimble, fast and he can dribble. Of course he sometimes makes a mistake, but who doesn’t? He is a diamond in the rough.”
And as mentioned above, Doku was actually close to joining Liverpool a couple of seasons ago. with his father David revealing how the Reds rolled out the red carpet for his son.
He claimed: “At the age of sixteen Jeremy could sign a pro contract with Anderlecht, but even then Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City, Ajax and PSV were interested. My preference was Liverpool. How we were received there, damn. The trainer (Jurgen) Klopp explained how he saw a potential successor to Sadio Mane in Jeremy. Steven Gerrard showed us videos with tactical analysis.
“At the training complex (Simon) Mignolet, Mane and (Georginio” Wijnaldum came to talk to us. Yet Jeremy was distracted by the talk. Liverpool panicked.”
With two years worth of senior football under his belt, now might be the perfect time for Klopp to bring in Mane’s future successor.